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Alibaba and Ethiopian Airlines to launch cold chain exporting China’s COVID vaccines

Alibaba and Ethiopian Airlines to launch cold chain exporting China’s COVID vaccines China has pledged that it would be sharing its COVID-19 vaccines with other countries, especially those with which it has close ties. While the country is not ready to deploy its vaccines internationally, it is gearing up the infrastructure for […]

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AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis

AutoX becomes China’s first to remove safety drivers from robotaxis Residents of Shenzhen will see truly driverless cars on the road starting Thursday. AutoX, a four-year-old startup backed by Alibaba, MediaTek and Shanghai Motors, is deploying a fleet of 25 unmanned vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, marking the first time any autonomous driving […]

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Despite global headwinds, Chinese hardware startups remain to take on the world

Despite global headwinds, Chinese hardware startups remain to take on the world Bill Zhang lowered himself into lunges on a squishy mat as he explained to me the benefits of the full-body training suit he was wearing. We were in his small, modest office in Xili, a university area in Shenzhen that’s […]

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China’s digital yuan tests leap forward in Shenzhen

China’s digital yuan tests leap forward in Shenzhen Shenzhen, known for its maker community and manufacturing resources, is taking the lead in trialing China’s digital yuan. Last week, the city issued 10 million yuan worth of digital currency to 50,000 randomly selected residents. The government doled out the money through mobile “red […]

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China’s BYD nabs $113M to produce IGBTs, the ‘CPU of electric cars’

China’s BYD nabs 3M to produce IGBTs, the ‘CPU of electric cars’ BYD Co., the Chinese auto giant backed by Warren Buffett, is rushing to make China self-sufficient in the production of electric vehicles. On Monday, the firm said in a filing it has secured 800 million yuan ($113 million) in a Series […]

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Huawei admits uncertainty following new US chip curbs

Huawei admits uncertainty following new US chip curbs Following the U.S. government’s announcement that would further thwart Huawei’s chip-making capability, the Chinese telecoms equipment giant condemned the new ruling for being “arbitrary and pernicious.” “Huawei categorically opposes the amendments made by the U.S. Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule […]

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Fitbit’s Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask

Fitbit’s Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of Chinese companies with manufacturing operations to produce virus-fighting equipment: Shenzhen-based electric vehicle giant BYD quickly moved to launch what it claims to be the world’s largest mask plant; Hangzhou-based voice intelligence startup Rokid is […]

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Japanese flu drug appears ‘effective’ in coronavirus treatment in Chinese clinical trials

Japanese flu drug appears ‘effective’ in coronavirus treatment in Chinese clinical trials Japanese-made flu drug favipiravir (also known as Avigan) has been shown to be effective in both reducing the duration of the COVID-19 virus in patients, and to have improved the lung conditions of those who received treatment with the drug, […]

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China Roundup: Amid coronavirus, tech firms offer ways to maintain China’s lifeblood

China Roundup: Amid coronavirus, tech firms offer ways to maintain China’s lifeblood Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The coronavirus outbreak is posing a devastating impact on people’s life […]

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China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization

China Roundup: WeChat’s new focus on monetization Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. At the beginning of each year, a large crowd of developers, content creators and digitally-savvy […]

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